Research: 2010 State of Database Technology

Sep 17, 2010


State of Enterprise Database Technology

Database management systems are among the most widely used IT products—and among the most profitable for the three software vendors that have for years led this market. In return, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle have provided stability: relational database products, installed on millions of systems worldwide, can claim a coherent mathematical foundation, a nearly universal standard language (SQL) and a large community of professionals skilled in their use. Thousands of third-party tools and applications employ SQL-based standards to access many different database platforms for virtually every business purpose imaginable.

But just below the surface, the landscape is complex, dynamic and restless. Our InformationWeek Analytics 2010 State of Database Technology Survey of 755 business technology professionals reveals discontent among enterprises saddled with rising license and upgrade fees as database sizes and workloads spiral ever larger. CIOs face demanding, and sometimes conflicting, requirements: Manage scale and complexity while minimizing business risk and total costs. Don’t fall into the “data mart of the week” trap because you have no strategy and no capability for integration. Think about security, compression, performance, where NoSQL and extreme analytics fit in, and much more.

Oh, and get us that “single version of the truth” yesterday.

On the vendor side, Teradata, with sales steadily marching toward $2 billion per year, has a strong presence in the fastest growing major segment of the database market, data warehousing, an area Netezza has already disrupted with its appliance strategy. Netezza is now a public company growing at 40% per year and challenging larger players in some areas of data warehousing. And, at least ten other companies, most of them startups and specialty players, are vying for a slice of the database pie. New technologies, rapid product development by large and small players alike, and open source products are all affecting dynamics. In this report, we’ll analyze results of our survey and profile the vendors and technologies that are poised to shake up this critical market over the next 12 to 18 months. (R1670910)

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